• M Turnbull

      By Anne Summers Photograph by Alex Ellinghausen   It was 1964 when Donald Horne wrote in his totemic book The Lucky Country that our politicians “cling to power but fail to lead” but he could just as well have written it last week. When a prime minister goes on television and promises he will provide “leadership”, as Malcolm Turnbull … Read More


  • equal pay

    By Anne Summers It really is scarcely believable that pay inequality between women and men is still an issue in 2017. Not only do women on average earn at least 20 per cent less than men, but in some sectors the gap is actually growing. This is despite innumerable court victories and other measures, including anti-discrimination laws, designed to ensure … Read More


  • Malcolm Turnbull

    by Anne Summers Photo by Alex Ellinghausen Is the government of Malcolm Turnbull just totally inept or is it actually cruel? You have to wonder given its fiscal attacks on some of the most vulnerable and needy members of our society. It’s not just that the government proposed cutting the dole to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme, or that … Read More


  • Crystal Howe

    by Anne Summers Photograph by Crystal Howard It has the potential to become as potent an international symbol of protest and resistance as the iconic 1960 Alberto Korda photograph of Che Guevara that has for decades adorned millions of T-shirts, or the early emblem of the women’s liberation movement: the clenched fist inside the symbol for women. I’m talking about … Read More


  • Trump inauguration

    By Anne Summers As we all wait in fear and trepidation to see what the new US President Donald Trump will do, to his country and to the world, including our region, it is utterly dispiriting to realise how ill-equipped our own political leaders are. They are not providing us with guidance or reassurance and so we can have little … Read More


  • honours

    By ¬†Anne Summes Many Australians like to think of the British as stuffy, toffy and class-bound by their centuries of royal and aristocratic hierarchy and privilege. This view was reinforced by the parliamentarians’ expenses scandal a few years back, when we chortled over the British MP claiming for the maintenance of his moat. We Aussies are exactly the opposite. We … Read More


  • Illustration by Cathy Wilcox

    The pitfalls of sharing your name with a sex shop By Anne Summers Illustration by Cathy Wilcox I get at least one a week. An email from a dissatisfied customer wanting a refund, or to exchange a product, from the Ann Summers sex shop chain. Just last week, this: “I recently purchased a small, pink bullet vibrator. Today, I went … Read More


  • Writer Georgia Blain died three days before her mother Anne Deveson

      Anne Deveson and Georgia Blain’s legacy By Anne Summers The last time I saw Anne Deveson and Georgia Blain together was in February 2014 at Admiralty House where they, like the rest of us, stood around on the lawns in uncomfortable clumps, clutching glasses as we waited to enter the marquee for the farewell dinner to Quentin Bryce as … Read More


  • daniel-andrews

      Victoria’s plan for gender equality is a reason to move to Melbourne by Anne Summers I am seriously thinking of moving to Melbourne. Not for the coffee, or the food, both arguably better than Sydney’s, and certainly not for the weather. And I’m not really keen on footy, which means I’ll have nothing to talk to Victorians about. But … Read More

  • When two boys died, the laws changed. Not so with 32 victims of domestic violence in less than a year

    Anne SummersWhen two boys died, the laws changed. Not so with 32 victims of domestic violence in less than a yearPosted by Anne Summers on 11 November 2016

    By Anne Summers Two years ago, the NSW government introduced drastic laws to restrict the sale of alcohol throughout the city after the violent and unprovoked deaths of two young men in Kings Cross in the previous 18¬†months. So far this year, according to NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, there have been 32 homicides as a result of domestic violence. … Read More